Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2009
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Deep, ruby red with orange hues. Intense with tertiary notes of rose, leather, tobacco and subtle hints of violet. Ample and embracing with prevailing impressions of a persistent finish.
Perfect for grilled red meat and raw milk cheeses such as cheddar and provolone.
International Wine Cellar - "(a blend of five vineyards): Moderately saturated medium red. Inviting aromas of strawberry, espresso, mocha, earth and mellow oak. Supple, lush and seamless, with spicy red berry flavors complicated by sexy truffley underbrush. Mellow and attractive Barolo with impressive sweetness of fruit and a fine dusting of tannins that will not get in the way of early enjoyment."
James Suckling - "Curious aromas of toffee, berries and chocolate follow through to a full body, soft and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Delicious. Better in 2015."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Damilano's 2009 Barolo Lecinquevigne boasts serious depth and intensity. Dark cherry, plum, spices, mocha, menthol, tar and licorice meld together in a rich, powerful, intense entry-level wine. This is a fabulous effort for the year. The 2009 shows great intensity of color and fruit, with beautifully balanced, harmonious tannins. All in all, this is a terrific showing."
Wine Spectator - "A beautifully balanced and expressive Barolo, exhibiting cherry, leather, tobacco and orange pekoe notes allied to a sleek frame. This firm version lingers with tea and tobacco accents, showing a pleasant freshness. Best from 2016 through 2028."
The Wine Advocate - "Always a great value, the 2009 Barolo Lecinquevigne shows ripe fruit and spicy oak tones at the back. It’s an immediate wine suitable for near-term consumption. It boasts a medium build with enticing layers of dried berry fruit, spice, licorice and wet earth. The toasted oak notes are reasonably well controlled. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020. "
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The origins of the Damilano family company dates back to over a century ago, when Guiseppe Borgogno, the great-grandfather of the current owners, started to grow and make wine from his own grapes. This tradition was kept up by Giacomo Damilano, the founder’s son-in-law, together with his children, until it was passed on to his 4 grandchildren, who very attentively manage their forefathers’ land today. The wines produced are renowned for their upright style and the estate is widely appreciated due to the strictness and passion that accompany all of the company's activities.
The vineyards, partly owned and partly leased, are situated in the most famous crus of the Langa region: Cannubi, Liste, Fossati, and Brunate, which are almost entirely cultivated with Nebbiolo da Barolo, and to a lesser extent, with Dolcetto and Barbera varietals. View all Damilano Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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